March 11, 2020 – In collaboration with the City of Savannah and out of an abundance of caution for public health, safety and welfare, the Festival of St. Patrick will not go on as planned due to the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19).  
While the risk in Savannah remains low, this situation is changing very quickly.  We want to do everything we can to keep those living in and visiting our city safe and healthy.  The top priority is preventing any local cases, and we are paying close attention to guidance from public health officials.  

Our merchants, restaurants, bars, and hotels remain open for business.

We are asking our merchants, restaurants, bars and hotels to continue to follow the guidance for Businesses and Employers provided by the CDC which includes:
– Emphasizing staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
– Actively encouraging sick employees to stay home
– Maintaining flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member.
– Providing soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace.
– Ensuring that adequate supplies are maintained.
– Providing disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
– Continuing routine cleaning.

We are encouraging all of our guests to practice good personal health habits outlined by the CDC which include:
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
– Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
– Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
– Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

The CDC has provided interim guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).